2020 Twin Cities Independence Day & 4th of July Events

I LOVE when July 4th falls on a Saturday! Do you have a Independence Day Go-To Plan? Or do you like to switch things up each year? Since I didn’t grow up here, I like to check out different festivals each year.

We’ve collected several ideas for celebrating Independence Day as a family. If you know of an event — free or paid — that you’d like to see added, please drop us a line via our contact form. Thanks!


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As you can see below, many municipalities have decided to call it this year and have cancelled 4th of July celebrations. We highly recommend verifying any outing or having contingency plans before wasting a trip this year. However, we have found a few options and have most-recently verified on 6/25/20.

Good to Know:

Where CAN I See Fireworks In 2020?

If you want to see professional fireworks in the Twin Cities, you have a few options: 

CHANHASSEN: 4th of July Celebration
Parade, carnival and fireworks. July 2-4. Amended viewing and park rules apply.

CHASKA: July 4th Fireworks
Fireworks around 10pm at Mcknight Park over Lake Jonathan. July 4. The annual festival has been cancelled.

ST PAUL: Movie & Fireworks – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
St. Paul has decided to go ahead without the Saints for fireworks at CHS Field. July 3, 7:00pm Gates, 8:00pm Movie Fireworks at dusk. $15/pp & up

Road Trip Ideas:

A few shows are happening for those willing to drive. 

BRAINERD AREA: Rutgers Fireworks Show | Deerwood
Open to the public. On the shore of Bay Lake.

CROSSLAKE: 2020 Celebrate America | over Sand Island on Cross Lake
Fireworks at dusk, community events throughout the day – music, flee market, book sale.

SIOUX FALLS: Saints v. Canaries – Fireworks Super Show
The Saints have temporarily relocated to Sioux Falls, but you could still catch their Independence Day Weekend Fireworks show if you are willing to drive to Sioux Falls. July 3, 7:05pm, $11/pp & up.

No Fireworks, But Family Fun:

SHAKOPEE: Happy Birthday America Parade | Lions Park
Popsicles and entertainment to follow. July 3, 10:30am.

Virtual? Okay:

EDINA: Edina 4th of July Parade | Edina City Hall
Parade 10am, Sousa Memorial Band 8:45 & fireworks at Roseland Park. July 4, 10pm. VIRTUAL EVENT IN 2020

MINNEAPOLIS: Minneapolis Red, White and Boom goes Virtual
Minneapolis is offering a a downloadable Bingo Scavenger Hunt and coloring contest to celebrate Red White and Boom in your favorite park. VIRTUAL EVENT IN 2020

ST PAUL: Tangletown 4th of July Picnic and Parade
Participate at home by decorating your sidewalk, completing a neighborhood scavenger hunt, register your decorations for others to enjoy. July 4, 10am-1:30pm. VIRTUAL EVENT IN 2020

Gianna has some ideas for celebrating at home here!

Cancelled/Postponed Events

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